Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Leg Update

Yay! Yesterday after 4 weeks in a full leg cast my sweet Puck got a new cast that now goes from below his knee to his toes. It's a walking cast too so he can begin to wean himself off the crutches.

4 more weeks to go! It's amazing how much muscle tone he's lost in his thigh in just a month. Poor kid. He continues to take it all in stride. Hardly complains at all!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Cooking

I like to cook but I'm not that good at it. I love to search for healthy recipes. I'm a sucker for a great photo of a recipe. I won't even consider cooking it if there is no photo!

Hubs does the cooking, thank heavens. I think that is the one thing that keeps this working mom from going right over the edge. Honestly, if you work full-time and have to cook I feel really sorry for you. Why he cooks I do laundry, or pick up, or general keeping up with everything else. I usually do the dishes, that seems to work for us.

But I'm getting of track. Last night I prepared 2 meals. Ground beef stuffed tomatoes and potato soup. The tomatoes turned out good enough for me to eat. Then I prepped everything for Crock Pot Potato Soup. It's simmering right now, while I'm at work. I hope it turns out and I hope Hubs will eat it. He usually won't eat what I cook. I'm not sure if its really because I'm that bad or because he's so particular. Anyway, I hope it's good. It was 10 degrees fahrenheit when I left the house this morning so I'm really hoping for yummy hot soup.


Monday, January 21, 2013

Baptism

Gifts from their Godmother


Yesterday, both my boys were baptized:)  This year as Puck entered 2nd grade I realized that this was the year he would receive 1st Holy Communion.  I had been inspired by a neighbor and friend who's daughter went through the process last year.  I didn't want him to miss the opportunity to do that with his classmates.  So in September he began CCD classes.  It been a great experience for him, I have to say.  I'm been pleasantly surprised just how positive Puck has been about learning his prayers, doing CCD homework, and attending classes.  I'll pick him up and ask how it was and he'll say, "It was awesome!"  I don't know why, but I never expected him to really enjoy it.  I'm so glad it's going well.  I've been shocked at the quick rate at which he has memorized all the prayers he should have learned last year and the 2nd grade ones as well.  I didn't know he had it in him.

In attendance, were my dad, stepmom, Aunt L, Uncle J, Mimi, my neighbors that were our inspiration to return to church and C, one of my oldest friends and sorority sister.  C is the boys Godmother and Uncle J is the Godfather.  C came all the way up from Florida 30 some weeks pregnant with her 3rd baby!  I was so touched:)  Lost of people come in and out of our lives but once in awhile we find those special friends that become permanent fixtures.  The boys, Hubs, and I were surrounded my friends and family and it was such an uplifting feeling.

Puck on the left and Muffin on the right

The Priest seem to be particularly excited that Puck was 8 and her could ask him questions about Baptism and what it meant.  Muffin kept asking in my ear the whole time, "When are they giving me the baptism?"  Being Catholic, children are usually baptized as infants.  Better late, than never I always say!

My father tool our entire crew out to a fabulous dinner at Bonefish and we wined and dined.  A special treat and a very generous gesture by my dad.  His generosity inspires me.


Friday, January 18, 2013

Evaluate

There is something about a birthday and getting older that makes us take a step back and look at our life and evaluate where we've been, and what direction we are moving in.

I lament that I won't ever have a daughter.  I can't helpt it.  I love my boys more than anything but there is this curiosity deep down that wonders what she would have looked like, sounded like, acted like... Would she have curly hair, would she wrap her daddy around her little finger?  I'll be 37 next week and Hubs is adamant that we are done having kids.  The rational side of me knows that's probably the responsible decision but my heart doesn't give a shit what my head thinks.  I would even adopt.  I find so many things appealing about that.  Giving a child a life they otherwise could never have had.  Teaching my boys the value of giving more than yourself.  Love.  I love the idea of adopting a 4 or 5 year old little lady.  But some things are just not in my control.

I would love to live in a quiet place near the ocean or the woods or the mountains.  Someplace where you can see stars at night and hear the birds sing in the morning.  Someplace where family time is a priority because we aren't always distracted with other things.

This year as I creep ever closer to 40 I hope to take better care of my body.  I want to think about what I put in it and take better care of my mind, body, and spirit.

This year I will:

Learn to say No

Exercise Regularly

Drink Less Wine

Be more patient with my kids and remember that they will be all grown up in the blink of an eye.

Throw out clutter

Embrace Spirituality

Get back to Yoga

Get regular Mani & Pedi's :)

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Tutoring?

Puck is beginning to have trouble in school and possibly falling behind.  I don't think I mentioned it previously because I hate the stigma that comes with the ADD and ADHe are going through the evaluation process for ADHD as there seems to indicate that could be part of the problem.  I really don't want to "medicate" and child that doesn't need it but honestly, I'm open to a lot more options than I was a few years ago.  I just sent our paperwork back to the pediatrician so who knows how long it will take to hear something.

I've been wondering if a tutoring center might be a good option.  I called Ku.mon today and got some information about their program and it sounds really good.  I know that a lot of you out there in blog land are teachers or former teachers.  Any advice here?  It's twice a week and there is a lot of homework but since he won't be able to play soccer this Spring, he's going to have plenty of time...

The teacher and I are becoming well acquainted.  She sent home a letter that said only a few of the students needed to have parent-teacher conferences.  Of course, my kid is one.  Why can't it just be freaking easy once in a while?

Sigh....





Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Birth

A co-worker and friend is in the hospital in labor awaiting the arrival of her first born right now as I type this. I'm so excited for her.

It got me thinking and remembering what it was like when my kids were born. I remember the very first time I saw my first born, Puck. After induction at 7 days past my due date and 14 hours of labor that ended with c-section, I can still see his face in my memory like it was yesterday. A rush of emotion like no other. I remember thinking, "That came out of me! He's so huge!" Puck weighed in at a healthy 9lbs, 7oz. He looked like a baby sumo! I wasn't prepared for the roller coaster of emotions that came in the days and weeks after his birth and much of that time is a blur. But I remember that pudgy little face, the red skin, that cry...

I remember my 2nd, Muffin, came 2 years and 4 months later via scheduled c-section. It was an easy and calm entrance into the world. I remember his first cry more than anything and that he seemed so tiny compared to Puck. He actually spent 2 less weeks in utero than his brother which probably accounted for his smaller size.

What a miracle it is. Oh how I wish I could do it one more time!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

When Your Little Angel, Isn't

It's been rough for Puck being in a full leg cast and we still have 2 weeks to go and then another 4 in a below the knee cast. We slowly incresed time on the crutches and stopped using the wheelchair entirely. It's getting around well, he hardly complains about having to crawl up the stairs or being spongebathed by mom. He's been a real trooper and I'm proud of him for that.

But...

I got an email from his teacher stating that he was being very bossy with his helper classmates and barking orders at them, basically treating them like his servants. This upset me. It made me angry to know that my son was acting this way. That's not how I live my life, it's not how I've raised him to be. He knows better, but yet he still decided to be selfish and ungrateful. I want to feel sorry for him that he is missing out on many things that he enjoys (all physical activities) but instead I was angry and embarrassed at his behavior.

I've always said being a mom is the most humbling experience of my life....and it was as a mom of toddler boys and contiues to be as those little boys are slowing becoming young men. I feel like I have to hurry up and make sure they know right from wrong, treat others thae way they would want to be treated, live by the golden rule and all that... self-doubt creeps in...what if I spoiled them too much, let them get away with too much, what if I didn't raise them to be good and compassionate and fair...what if, what if, what if???

So I've been thnking, what is it exactly that I want from my children?

I want them to grow up to be kind, independant, and thoughful human beings. I want them to know joy, and love, and what it feels like to work hard so that they can value the fruits of that hard work. I want them to treat others with respect and to be respected right back. I want them to be selfless and generous with their time to help others or a cause they belive in.

That's my goal....that is my wish.

Post It Note Tuesday

It's been years since I've done these.  I forgot how much I enjoy them:)



Click HERE to make your own Post Its, I think you'll find it really cathartic!




Monday, January 14, 2013

Trip to the National Children's Museum

Yesterday, a good friend and I took our kids to the recently re-opened National Children's Museum.  When I was a kid it was located on the National Mall and now it is at National Harbor.

I have such fond memories of that place as a kid.  Unfortunately, I was really disappointed in the new museum.  It didn't live up to my expectations at all and we were done in about an hour. I remember it being so hands on and making and eating tortillas and chocolate.  Now everything just seems kind of generic.  It was short on square footage and content, in my opinion.  I think it is probably meant for toddlers through age 5.

All the negative aside, it was a fun outing with friends complete with lunch and frozen yogurt!  We need to be more adventurous with the kiddos, I think their expectations were completely met.  As a parent, I'll have to remember that for next time:)

Buds since birth!

Making the best of it on crutches!

The Firetruck exhibit was the favorite.

Car Racing

Climb a lampost, why not?

Had a hard time keeping him away from the Firetruck...

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Sunday Night

I'm usually off on Mondays. Muffin, in particular really looks forward to it. But tomorrow I have to work and he was bummed about it.

He said, "I want you here all the time."
I said, "me too, baby."
He said, "You have a quarter! Make a wish!"

I'd give anything not to go to work tomorrow...

At least I'll be off on Friday instead. That seems so far away:).

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Slow Saturday's are the Best!

Saturday has arrived and I am so happy.  I got to sleep in until 10:00 AM today which is a real treat.   That doesn't mean I wasn't up 5 times between 6:30 and 7:00 urging the boys to go back to bed since it was still dark.  Nonetheless, Hubs got up and let me fall back to sleep:)  I needed it.

Tomorrow a friend and I are taking the boys to the National Children's Museum at National Harbor.  I think Puck is ready to get out of the house and away from the video games.  We are going to take the wheelchair, just in case it's too much.  I used to go there as a kid when it was in DC.  They closed down for years but have reopened at the Harbor.  I remember you used to go into a TeePee and make tortillas.  Great memories! 

I have a house to clean, business taxes to organize, and my home office to finish sanding and touching up the paint.  Not too fun, but at least I finally feel rested!

I'll be 37 years old next week.  37 I can't even believe it, but I think I'm ready.  I like to think I'm taking the gray hair and crows feet all in stride.  I might take my birthday off and treat myself to a mani and a pedi.  We'll see....


Friday, January 11, 2013

New Banner!

Yay!  I finally completed my new banner.  This time I used PicMonkey http://www.picmonkey.com/.  It was super easy and if you used to like Picnik, before it shut down you will love PicMonkey.  It has a lot of features I would usually get out of Photoshop but in a much easier way, plus lots of fun extras.  Go try it out and let me know what you think:)  I created this banner using the Collage feature and then I saved and re-uploaded to add the text:)

Now I'm going to enjoy my first glass of wine of 2013 and relax:)  Ahhhhhh.....



Friday Night Leftovers


I'm tired. It doesn't matter how much sleep I get, I'm always tired. Suggestions? Maybe I have sleep apnea...hubs does and wears uses one of those masks to keep his air way open at night so he isn't woken up 10 times. Could that be happening to me? I REALLY don't want to use one of those things, but I always feel horrible when I wake up. I'm often congested so that doesn't help either:(.

I'm so freakin' glad it's Friday that I could jump for joy. Now, if it was the end of the work day, I would do a cartwheel.

I lose steam at the end of the day. By the time I work all day, get home, help with homework, do the dishes (Hubs cooks- thank God) struggle to keep up with the laundry, bathe the kids, put them to bed. By the time I get them into bed and asleep I have little left to do anything else but sit still. I'm always disappointed that I didn't finish everything on my to do list the next morning.

Geez, this is turning out to be a pretty negative post....ok good news:

I just received a signed Wedding Contract for photography:))). Yay! I love shooting weddings and want to do a lot more:)

Puck is almost completely done with the wheelchair:). I'm so proud of him, what a trooper. He hardly complains about his cast at all! Amazing!

I got my new iPhone 5 this week:). LOVE IT! Hated to spend the money but my speaker went out and no one could hear me talking. Siri, I have to say it awesome.

New private post here on MUSINGS!

 

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

What, tomorrow is only Thursday?

I spent all day thinking that tomorrow is Friday.  It's not, obviously.  I'm so disappointed.  Since Puck broke his leg it feels like an eternity has past.  Everything is just a little bit harder, takes a little bit longer and I'm just a little bit  more tired.  It's really not all bad though, he's doing great I can't complain.

If I could just get about 3 more hours in between getting off work and collapsing into bed, I would be so productive!

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Friday Night Leftovers


  • I'm always late on this but this time I have an excuse.  As if it wasn't bad enough that my son broke his leg on December 28 I came down with the Flu on Wednesday night.  I felt off all day at work but by the time I got home it really hit me.  I laid on the couch motionless under a pile of blankets as the chills just got worse and worse.  I managed to help Hubs with the kids at bedtime but then I went to bed too.  I was wearing about 4 layers of clothing and I was still freezing.  It's amazing how it just comes on like a freight train and knocks you off your feet.
  • The bad part was I still had to go to work the next day because we had a big department meeting.  I shouldn't have even been driving but I didn't have a choice.  I took so many cold & flu meds to make sure I could get through it but it wasn't easy.  After the 3 hour meeting I went back to bed for about 5 hours.  It's amazing how far woman can push themselves when necessary.  I really just wanted to curl into a ball and cry but that is never an option for us moms, is it?  
  • Hubs was awesome through it all.  I have to give him props.  He has been getting Puck to and from school everyday with his wheelchair and getting both boys ready for school.  No complaints and he took my Flu all in stride.  I'll have to do something nice to thank him.
  • Hubs and I went light on gifts for each other for Christmas this year so we could save up for new carpet and he gave me a clip for my Pandora bracelet...which I've already lost.  Crap:(   I'm not in love with 2013 so far.  I really hope Broken Leg, Flu, Lost Gift, isn't an indication of more to come.
  • Tomorrow I am setting up a vendor booth at my very first Bridal Show as a Wedding Photographer.  If I'm being honest, I'm terrified that my little booth will look like small peanuts.  It would just be so easy to give up.  Hubs said the best thing to me, "Remember, it's the starting line, not the finish line..."  Isn't that the best thing he could ever say????  It was exactly what I needed to hear.
  • I learned an important lesson through all of this.  Don't put off until tomorrow what you can do today.  I'm sure you've heard it before.  Spending the night unexpectedly in the hospital and being laid out with the flu a few days later...let's just say it looked like a bomb had gone off in my house! 
  • It's my Birthday Month.  I wonder how I should celebrate?!?

Please go share all of your leftovers with the lovely and talented, Danifred.  

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy January!

I've been fixing up my blog a bit, it was screaming for a facelift.  Still need to make a new banner but need Hubs to put Photoshop back on my computer.  It recently crashed, again.  I updated the 'About Us' page and I'm happy with it.

I love the first few hours of January 1st because I haven't have enough time to break any of my resolutions yet;)

Muffin made it to midnight last night for the 1st time.  All the kids were having a blast spraying each other with silly string and blowing horns.  He was mad that it was time to leave and as we were walking up the stairs to bed he said, "This is a stupid holiday!"  That kid cracks me up!

Bordem has definitely set in with Puck.  Being stuck in the wheel chair it already wearing on him.  I think going back to school is just what he needs and honestly the boys need some time apart.  The bickering is about to reach an all time high...

Hubs stayed up much later than I did last night and has promised me a nap today.  I'm already looking forward to it:) ZZzzzz.....

Otherwise on tap for today is laundry, putting away the remains of Christmas, and refereeing too bored little boys!

Happy New Year!!!!!